Microfiber cloths – are they actually all they're cracked up to be?

People commonly praise microfiber cloths as a great tool for cleaning computer screens. Some might question, however, just how crucial these cloths are and if some other tool may work just the same.

Although purchasing a microfiber cloth and cleaning solution might be the safest bet for cleaning your computer, phone or eReader screen, many people use old t-shirts without inflicting any damage. This can be a fast and easy way to clean your computer screen that doesn’t require purchasing a microfiber towel.

Homemade cleaning solution

You can also make your own harmless screen cleaning solution with everyday household products. You simply need:

  • ½ cup of white vinegar
  • ½ cup of distilled water
  • a squirt bottle

Cleaning your screen

Just spray a 100% cotton t-shirt with the cleaning solution just so that the t-shirt is damp and wipe the screen in a circular motion. Rub the screen with a dry section of the t-shirt for a streak-free finish.

If you’re concerned about the safety of your screen, microfiber cloths and cleaning solutions are relatively inexpensive, and readily available for purchase at electronic stores. However, the t-shirt method is a great, simple substitute that can help you out in a crunch.